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Game 39. Yanks get shutout by KC 6-0.


Chris Capuano showed some rust, and the Yankees offense showed nothing in a 6-0 loss to KC on Sunday. The loss is the Yankees’ fifth in their last six games, and the offense has gone to sleep in those games.

The Yanks are off Monday and Thursday. In between, they have two games in Washington, which means no DH. Mark Teixeira left today’s game early with a contusion of his toe (X-Rays negative) after a HBP. What the Yanks could do is to play Garrett Jones at 1B one day, A-Rod the other, and give Teix 4 days off.

Capuano (L, 0-1, 12.00) 3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 2 walks and 4 K.
Rogers 2 2/3 IP, 2 R, both unearned, 3 hits, 2 walks and 1 K. 3.24.
Wilson 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 5.56.
Shreve 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.35.

The Yanks have a dilemma. Jacoby Ellsbury, the leadoff man, is hitting .327. We are almost 1/4 of the way through the season. Ellsbury has 6 RBI. The reason why? It’s the guys at the bottom of the order who are not getting on before Ellsbury comes to bat. Stephen Drew is hitting .177. Didi Gregorious is at .204. There are no rbi opportunities for Ellsbury. No one is on base.

Today, at AAA, Rob Refsnyder had 3 hits, 3 rbi and 2 HR. He is heating up. He is up to .304 (I don’t know about his defense, though). But Refsnyder (or Pirela, currently on the team) isn’t a SS. Pirela has played SS in the minors, but the Yanks don’t consider him a SS. So if the Yanks were to bring up Refsnyder (which, considering their lack of offense, sounds good), who goes? The only legitimate SS backup to Gregorious is Drew. Both hit lefty so it is not like you can platoon the two. What I would love is that whenever Brendan Ryan (a righty hitter) is ready to come back as a backup IF, you get rid of Gregorious or Drew (release Drew, eat the $5MM or trade or demote Didi), bring up Refsnyder, and send Pirela back to AAA or trade him. (I like Pirela, but if you are activating two people, then two people have to g0. If Refsnyder and Ryan are on the team, two people have to be dropped among Pirela, Drew and Didi).

Refsnyder is up to .304. He doesn’t fill needs at SS or 3B. The Yanks have McCann at .237, Beltran at .234, Drew at .177, Didi at .204.  Headley is at .236. Could they use Refsnyder’s bat? Yes. But how to squeeze it in?

The Yanks are 22-17. They still are the leaders in the AL East, by one game over Tampa Bay.

But they cannot continue with a DP combo hitting .177 and .204. But the solution, bringing up Refsnyder, isn’t as easy as it appears, given the situation I described above.

So what to do?


Game 31. Orioles whack Whitley, 6-2.


Chase Whitley entered Saturday afternoon’s game with an ERA of 0.75 after two starts. You knew the law of averages would catch up sometime and today it did.

Whitley gave up 3 HR in a 6-2 Yankees loss. Alex Rodriguez sat out the game with tightness in his almost 40-year-old legs.

Whitley gave up a solo HR in the third, then in the fourth a solo HR, HBP and two-run homer doomed him.

The Yanks got their runs on a fifth inning SF by John Ryan Murphy and an 8th inning single by Carlos Beltran. The Yanks went down 10x today by strikeout.

Rookie Jose Pirela had two hits, making him 4 for 11 since his callup.

Whitley 5 2/3, 5 R, 6 h, 2 walks and 5 K. (L, 1-1, 3.06)
Carpenter 1 1/3, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 5.40
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K.  2.19.

The Yanks DL’d Chris Martin (shoulder tendonitis) and brought up Brandon Pinder.


Game 29. Yanks edge O’s 4-3. A-Rod passes Mays on HR list.


Alex Rodriguez hit HR #661*, passing Willie Mays for 4th on the all-time HR list as the Yanks beat Baltimore 4-3 Thursday night.

The Orioles scored in the top of the first on a HR by Jimmy Paredes but the Yanks came back with two on an A-Rod SF and an RBI single by Teixeira. On A-Rod’s SF, it looked like that may be the HR that would pass Mays on the all-time HR list but he was robbed of the HR.

Baltimore tied the game in the third on a Caleb Joseph HR. The Yanks went up 3-2 in the bottom of the third on A-Rod’s historic HR.

Joseph tied the game for Baltimore in the top of the fifth but the Yanks got the game-deciding run in the bottom of that inning on an RBI double by Teixeira.

Ellsbury’s two hits raised him to .363. Gardner’s two hits put him at .318. You can’t ask two guys to set the table better than that. A-Rod’s 2 RBI and Teixeira’s two meant the ballgame. Yeah, A-Rod is at .245, Teix at .223, but they have 18 and 25 RBI respectively. That is the key.

A-Rod’s two hits put him at 2962. His two RBI put him at 1987.

The pitching line:

Eovaldi (W, 3-0, 3.97) 5 2/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 3 walks and 3 K.

Wilson 1 1/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 k. 2.79.

Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 0.00.

Miller (12th save) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H,  1 walk and 2 K. 0.00.

Check out the ERAs of Betances and Miller. Your setup man and closer both have ERAs of 0.00 as of May 8th.

Reggie Jackson, a special advisor to the Yanks, raves about Jose Pirela and AA minor league OF Aaron Judge. So for those of you unhappy with Stephen Drew and/or Carlos Beltran right now, take heart.

The win puts the Yanks at 18-11 on the season.

More good news, Masahiro Tanaka started some rehab by soft tossing from 60 feet with no issues.

Game 28. Yanks lose 5-1. What to do with CC?


The Yanks lost Wednesday evening 5-1, and an interesting question is looming. What will or can the Yankees do with CC Sabathia? 

In a few weeks, Chris Capuano will be coming back. Same with Ivan Nova. Both are starting rehabs. The same with Tanaka when he is ready.

Normally, the answer would be obvious. They replace the worst pitcher in the rotation with someone who will be better.

Well, here are some numbers.

4-0, 2.97; 2-1, 3.22 (on DL); 2-0, 3.81; 2-1, 4.78; 1-0, 0.75 (two starts)…

and 0-5, 5.45. The 0-5 (leads MLB in losses) is CC.

The Yanks are 17-11, 17-6 if you take away CC.

Normally the answer is obvious, you would take that pitcher out of the rotation, but the problem here is that this pitcher is making $23MM this year, $25MM next year and there is a $25MM vesting option for 2017 (with conditions). That is a lot of money to eat.

CC’s problems have not been short-term. This isn’t a blip. He is 17-22, 4.94 since 2012. If he wasn’t CC, and wasn’t earning all that money, he would be a #5 starter trying to hold on to his job. Right now, I cringe when his turn in the rotation comes up.

So normally, the Yanks would just replace CC in the rotation when someone, like Nova, is ready. But in this case, it isn’t that easy. It’ll be interesting to see what the Yankees do.

CC went 6 1/3, 4 R, 9 H, 2 walks and 4 K. Not terrible, but he needs run support now, is not an ace, and the Yanks didn’t give him any run support last night. 0-5, 5.45. You wonder when he will get that first win of the season.

You wonder what happens in a few weeks if CC continues to be winless, has an ERA over 5.00, and the others are ready.

Rogers 1 1/3, 1 R, 2 h, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.89.

Shreve 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.61.

To be fair, the Yanks only scored one run on seven hits. Two hits were by just recalled Jose Pirela, who replaced Gregorio Petit, who was placed on the DL.

A-Rod got hit #2960, 40 away from 3000.

The win against the Yanks was a long time coming for Mark Buehrle. The Yanks had owned him. It was Buehrle’s first win over the Yanks since 2004.

Game 26. Not this time. Bullpen can’t deliver as Yanks lose 3-1.


The Yankees’ bullpen has been their strength so far this season, but no one is perfect. Chase Whitley pitched a great seven innings but the bats didn’t do much and the bullpen couldn’t hold a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the eighth. The Yanks lost to Toronto 3-1. The Yanks are now 16-10 on the season, still in first, two games up on Tampa Bay.

The Yanks managed just three hits in the game. Teix and McCann were given the night off, and the lineup had Stephen Drew, now at .149, hitting fifth (because of his previous success against knuckleballer Dickey).

Whitley 7 IP, 0 R,  6H, 0 walks and 6 K. 0.75.
Martin (L, 0-1, 3.86) 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K.
Betances 2/3 IP, 1 R (unearned), 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 0.00.

Even though the Yanks are 16-10, their batting average is just .242. With Stephen Drew at .149 and Didi Gregorious at .213, (backup Gregorio Petit is at .194), I am waiting for the other shoe to drop and for Jose Pirela to be called up soon.

The minors. Pirela looks ready for a callup.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: 2B Jose Pirela had 4 hits, 3 of them doubles as he continues his rehab from that spring training concussion. He may be ready for a callup. In his last three games, he has had ten hits. Compare that to Stephen Drew (.155-4-10, OPS+ 68 (7 of Drew’s hits have been XBH)), Didi Gregorious (.222-0-4, OPS+ 53) and Gregorio Petit (.200-0-5, OPS+ 58; an average OPS+ is 100) and you can see that the Yanks could use him. Not only that, but good-field, no-hit Brendan Ryan had a setback, tweaking a hammy.

SWB won 6-5. Besides Pirela’s big day, 1B Kyle Roller had a double, HR and 2 RBI.

AA: Trenton lost 9-3. 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI for RF Aaron Judge. (.319). CF Jake Cave 2 hits (.301).

High A: Tampa got just 3 hits, two by RF Danny Oh, in losing 3-1. On Saturday, Chris Capuano started his rehab with 4 Ip, 1 R (unearned), 2 h, 0 walks and 4 K.

Low A: Charleston won 3-0. Jordan Montgomery six scoreless innings.

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Just a quick rundown of what happened in the minors for the Yankees’ farm teams on Friday and Saturday. Due to my mom being in ICU and my responsibilities there, I will rundown AAA and AA ONLY, and not High or Low A.

AAA: Friday SWB won 5-4. 2B Jose Pirela 3 hits, CF Ben Gamel and C Austin Romine 2 RBI each.

Saturday: Lost 10-4. 2B Pirela 3 hits, HR, 2 RBI. RF Tyler Austin 3 hits. 2 hits each for CF Slade Heathcott and DH Rob Refsnyder.

AA: Trenton won 5-4 in 18 innings Friday. Position player Dan Fiorito even pitched two scoreless innings, and the win went to other position player, Taylor Dugas. 3B Eric Jagielo 2 doubles, 2 RBI; RF Aaron Judge 3 hits, double, rbi. HR for CF Jake Cave.

Saturday: 7-0 loss and they only got four hits, two each by CF Cave and DH Judge.